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Bible Study, Biblical Women

Deborah and Barak Working Together

Deborah was an unusual woman for her time and culture. Even today, she would be inspirational and unique. Her story appears in the book of Judges, chapters four and five, at a time when Israel had no king. God raised up men, and at this time a woman, to be leaders in the country. But who was Barak? And how, and why, did Deborah and Barak come to work together?

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Christian Living

Is God Ever Disappointed in Us?

The definition of disappointing is to fail to fulfil hopes or expectations. Sometimes we place our expectations on other people and are disappointed when they don’t behave in the way we think that they should. And sometimes we are disappointed in ourselves when we don’t live up to our own expectations. But, is God ever disappointed in us?

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What Does Put on the Breastplate of Righteousness Mean?

The Christian life is described as a spiritual battle, which put simply is anything that tries to disrupt our faith and belief in God. This battle has to be fought with spiritual weapons, and Scripture uses imagery to describe all that God has provided for our defence. If we visualize the different parts of the spiritual armor that we have been given it often assists our prayers. As we put on the breastplate of righteousness we are focusing on the protection that we have been given for the most vulnerable part of our body, our heart. But what exactly is the breastplate of righteousness and how does it protect us?

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Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus

In the gospel of John we read of an unlikely partnership of two men from rival parties. The Sadducees were the Temple party who controlled the priesthood, and had political power, with authority under Roman rule. The Pharisees focused on the law, with personal piety, and had influence over the general population. How did Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, men from opposing groups, come to be working together?

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Christian Living

What Does it Mean to Guard Your Heart Above All Else?

There are many phrases in the Biblical book of Proverbs, that have become popular sayings today. They were written by king Solomon, and are widely recognized as words of wisdom. After all, that was God’s gift to him and, through these words, to us. Some of the sayings are clear and easy to understand, but others cause us to pause and reflect. Guard your heart above all else, is one of those proverbs that make you think, what does that really mean?

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